Changes to Expect in Your Child’s Teeth

Three humorous teeth wind up toys over whiteAs children’s bodies grow, their jaws and faces change too. Over time, their baby (primary) teeth will be replaced by adult (permanent) teeth.

At about age five or six, children begin to lose their top and bottom front teeth, called the incisors (in-SYE-sors). Between ages six and twelve, they will usually lose all twenty primary teeth. By the age of twenty-one, up to thirty-two permanent teeth will come in to replace them.

The first permanent teeth usually come in between ages six and seven.  These big, bumpy teeth at the back of the mouth are called molars. After this, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth for a while. During this time the smile can look a little uneven, with some big teeth, some small teeth and even some missing teeth. But try not to worry. Things often even out once all the permanent teeth are in place.

The list below shows when the following adult teeth usually erupt:


Central Incisor: 7-8 years

Lateral Incisor: 8-9 years

Canine (cuspid): 11-12 years

First Premolar (first bicuspid): 10-11 years

Second Premolar (second bicuspid): 10-12 years

First Molar: 6-7 years

Second Molar: 12-13 years

Third Molar (wisdom tooth): 17-21 years


Third Molar (wisdom tooth): 17-21 years

Second Molar: 11-13 years

First Molar: 6-7 years

Second Premolar (second bicuspid): 11-12 years

First Premolar (first bicuspid): 10-12 years

Canine (cuspid): 9-10 years

Lateral Incisor: 7-8 years

Central Incisor: 6-7 years

Of course, not all children get the same teeth at the same time. Your child’s teeth may erupt earlier or later than the above list.  If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s teeth, always consult your dentist.

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